Marit Kragt

Associate Professor, BSc, MSc Wageningen , MEc PhD ANU

  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 766 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
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Personal profile


I am an Environmental Economist interested in improving the management of our natural resources. My research considers people's preferences for environmental outcomes.

I studied Environmental Science with a major in Environmental Management at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. After briefly working at the Dutch Department of Foreign Affairs in The Hague and Beijing, I moved to Australia for a Masters of Economics and a PhD at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Since July 2010, I have been working at the UWA School of Agricultural and Resource Economics (now UWA School of Agriculture and Environment). My expertise lies in interdisciplinary research, agricultural economics, mine rehabilitation, and non-market environmental valuation.

Roles and responsibilities

• Member of Academic Board, University of Western Australia
• Associate Editor and Book Review Editor, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics


It is important to me to deliver timely and thorough research that targets policy relevant environmental issues. My research looks at environmental management; integrating biophysical science and economics.

I have particular interests in
• Climate change mitigation in agriculture
• Values and preferences for restoration
• Integrating non-market values of environmental goods and services into decision making

Some projects that I am working on include
• Opportunities for crowdfunding climate change mitigation by agriculture
• Non-market valuation of post-mine land use and mine site rehabilitation
• Estimating the costs and benefits of improved weather forecasting in the WA wheatbelt

I am part of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP).

Current projects

* Estimating the non-market values associated with mine site rehabilitation strategies (supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award)

* Coolcrowd - Local crowdfunding for a low-emission society: Investigating the concept of local climate crowdfunding for Norway (supported by the Research Council of Norway)

Industrial relevance

My research into mine completion criteria and the values of different mine site rehabilitation options will be of interest to industry and government stakeholders. Please contact me for information.

Funding overview

Some recent grants:

• Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award, Aligning social preferences and practice of mine site rehabilitation and mining offsets in Australia, AU$373,848 (2016-2020)

• Research Council of Norway, Local crowdfunding for a low-emission society: Investigating the concept of local climate crowdfunding for Norway (COOLCROWD), NOK200,000 (2017-2020)

• DAFF Filling the Research Gap, Achieving least cost GHG abatement – opportunities in Australian grain farms, AU$1.05M (2013-2017)

• Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI), Human use patterns, impacts, values and aspirations for coastal waters of the Kimberley, AU$ 339,783 (2013-2016)

• Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Effective Implementation of Payments for Environmental Services, AU$1.34M (2012-2016)

[for more information, access my Research Profile via the link on the bottom of this page]

Future research

There are always openings for talented Honours and Postgraduate students who wish to undertake research with me. Funding or cadet-ships are sometimes available for qualifying candidates.
Just contact me for opportunities if your interests match my research topics.

Teaching overview

I am currently funded as an ARC DECRA Fellow and not coordinating any units.

Previous positions

July 2007 - June 2010
Australian National University: Lecturer and Teaching Assistant at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level for (i) the Crawford School of Economics and Government, (ii) the School of Economics, and (iii) the Fenner School of Environment

Dec 2006 - June 2010
Consultancies in Environmental Valuation, for example:
• Community values for New South Wales mining
• Community values for recycling Electronic Waste
• Non-Use Values of Victorian Public Land

Feb 2005 – Dec 2005
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
• Consultancy Development Economics: Study on Pro-Poor Growth at the Directorate International Co-operation in The Hague
• Project assistant Environment and Development at the Royal Dutch Embassy in Beijing



Education/Academic qualification

Master of Economics, Australian National University

PhD, Australian National University

Environmental Science, BSc, Wageningen University & Research

Environmental Management, MSc, Wageningen University & Research


  • Agricultural economics
  • Agricultural policy
  • Benefit-cost analysis
  • Carbon farming
  • Choice experiments
  • Choice modelling
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Conservation
  • Environmental economics and policy
  • Integrated bioeconomic modelling
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Marine economics
  • Mine rehabilitation
  • Natural resource management
  • Non-market valuation
  • Policy development
  • Prioritisation
  • Resource economics
  • Restoration
  • Values and preferences

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Research Output 2009 2019

A framework for developing mine-site completion criteria in Western Australia.

Young, R., Manero, A., Miller, B., Kragt, M., Standish, R. J., Jasper, D. & Boggs, G., Aug 2019, Perth, Western Australia: The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute. 176 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther book

Open Access
mining industry
Climate Change
pollution control
farming systems
climate change
1 Citation (Scopus)

Concern about threatened species and ecosystem disservices underpin public willingness to pay for ecological restoration

Wilson, K. A., Davis, K., Matzek, V. & Kragt, M., May 2019, In : Restoration Ecology. 27, 3, p. 513-519 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
ecological restoration
willingness to pay
threatened species
205 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
meteorological data
3 Citations (Scopus)

Evidence of increased economic benefits from shark-diving tourism in the Maldives

Zimmerhackel, J. S., Kragt, M. E., Rogers, A. A., Ali, K. & Meekan, M. G., 1 Feb 2019, In : Marine Policy. 100, p. 21-26 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



Data from: Farmers’ use of weather and forecast information in the Western Australian wheatbelt

Lacoste, M. E. (Data Collector), The University of Western Australia, 17 May 2018



Data input files for Lao PDR anti-poaching patrol model

Kragt, M. (Creator), Renton, M. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 17 Oct 2019



Projects 2011 2022


Outstanding Reviewer Award

Marit Kragt (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Other distinction

environmental modeling

Reviewer award

Marit Kragt (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Other distinction

honors and awards
agricultural economics

Top reviewer award

Marit Kragt (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Other distinction


Activities 2008 2018

Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (External organisation)

Marit Kragt (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: MembershipsMembership of board/school board or association

Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (Journal)

Marit Kragt (Associate Editor)
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Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (Journal)

Marit Kragt (Editor)
2013 → …

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

Future Farm 2050 Advisory Committee (External organisation)

Marit Kragt (Member)

Activity: MembershipsMembership of committee

School of Agricultural and Resource Economics (Organisational unit)

Marit Kragt (Member)

Activity: MembershipsMembership of network